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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

How fast is fast? How about 281 teraflop per second! Before the human mind can comprehend this in distance this calculations would be millions of miles away!

We live in a world of speed and doing the un thought of has become common place. I remember as a young man a story of the Russian scientist sending the world smallest drill bit to the US scientist and they returned it with no comment. The Russian team contacted the US team and asked why no comment. They were told to look at the drill bit closely! After doing so they found the US team had drilled a hole through the center of the drill bit!

Once again we're reminded that the only constant is change. Now the battle is between the US and Asia.

IBM remained the dominant company in supercomputers. Big Blue accounted for five out of the top 10 supercomputers in the semiannual Top500 ranking, including the top three computers on the list. Overall, Big Blue accounted for 43.8 percent of the machines on the list, more than any other manufacturer or university.
The company's BlueGene/L, which knocked NEC's Earth Simulator from its top spot in November 2004, remained the top-ranked supercomputer in the world for the third time in a row. Installed in Lawrence Livermore National Labs, the computer has doubled in size in the past six months and now contains 131,076 processors. It will continue to grow.
"The limit is less of an issue of architectural characteristics than....What the customers are looking for," said Dave Turek, vice president of Deep Computing at IBM.
BlueGene/L can now churn 280.6 teraflops, or nearly 281 trillion calculations a second and is the only computer to exceed 100 teraflops.

Thought for the day, time is like a stream flowing through the universe, we are but sand pebbles on this incomprehensible shore!


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